It’s time to celebrate the warmer weather with new leathers, and new designs!
Porteen gear is having a Spring Sale. 15% Off any orders over $100.00 through May 31st! Just enter the coupon code “spring15″ during check-out. There are several new bags in stock, including the new convertible bags, Unisex style bags for men, new cow hair designs and Tuscany bags. You can see these and more of the newest designs in my Etsy store by clicking on the Store Logo in the right hand column.
The leather, canvas and fabric lists have all been recently updated with new arrivals. If you are ready to work on your own custom designed camera bag, just start at the tab at the top of this page called “Design Your Own Bag”.
The convertible bags are ready to go! We have been working all week putting the final details on the bags.
Many of you have been waiting awhile on these. They are now available as a Pre-order in my Etsy store. I had a couple of Stock bags ready to go and they are selling already.
These are individually handmade in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Ipad Sleeve with tapestry
Heavy Duty Twill Interior
2 pockets in Waxed Canvas for phone, etc.
Rivet and metal accents
Adjustable Leather Strap with buckle closure
Foam padded bottom, harder foam sides
Waterproof Canvas exterior
Twill interior with thin padded inserts that swivel to customize the interior compartments
This bag is designed to hold an Ipad, a full size DSLR camera with lens attached or the mirror-less compact systems.
I plan on putting together a detailed page on this blog to help with the ordering process. Please bear with me while I make that happen. In the meantime, if you would like to place an order, please email me through my Etsy store with your choices. Here is your copy/paste:
Accent Fabric: (front of bag and interior Ipad pocket):
Waxed Canvas (back outside pocket):
Strap (leather, black or brown)
Leather (off of my leather list at the top of this page):
Hardware (see photo above) Antique Brass or Silver
Here they are! AND you can design your own from the Porteen Gear leather and fabric list! I am so excited to be releasing these, that I am showing the first two completed bags. This is part one of my new camera bag system. I am finished with the design of the outer bag. This is the handbag part of the Convertible system and can be purchased alone as a handbag. I will be working on the inserts next week. I plan on selling the bag and insert together as a unit, and also individually so you can have more than one type of insert or maybe one insert with different styles of bags.
The exteriors are leather with a tapestry front panel, adjustable leather strap, hard bottom and two exterior waxed canvas pockets on the back.
Inside – An Ipad insert pocket that could also hold any other tablets smaller than the full sized Ipad, a narrower pocket for glasses, and a zippered pocket for stashing.
Outside: Two open pockets in the back for Phone and easy to reach items.
These bags are made by hand in my Grand Rapids Studio. I will be offering them for sale within the next two weeks. Most of my current leathers and all of my tapestries can be used for this design. If you would like to make a pre-order, just send me an email with your choices to email@example.com
You can copy/paste this, filled out with your choices:
Canvas Color for Back Pocket:
After 2 1/2 years of no breaks, I took a much needed trip to Ireland for a leather working course to hone my skills. Dingle, Ireland is one of the most beautiful places in the world (in my opinion). I took a 1 week leather course at Holden Leather Goods, learning how to work with leather by hand. I brought home a beautiful handbag, made entirely by me! I would recommend this course to anyone who loves working by hand. Dingle is a very relaxing town on the western coast of Ireland that has that feel of history and timelessness. There are no trains, taxis or the hustle and bustle of city life. Conor Holden and his staff are very laid back and Conor has 25 years in the Handbag making business. You can see their upcoming dates here: Holden Leather Goods. If you need any recommendations on where to stay or some of the castles and historic sites that are great to photograph in Dingle, feel free to email me. The great thing about traveling to Ireland, the flights are very reasonable and the plane is never full if you fly into Shannon International airport.
I did decide to travel without my pro gear for the first time and felt a little more like a tourist than a photographer with my Nikon J1. It shoots just about as good as my Canon 5D MKII. The manual controls are kind of a pain to get to in the menus. The biggest plus was the light load in my carry on bag. Since it is white and came with a white strap that got dirty very easy, the first thing I wanted to do when I got back to the states is design a nice leather camera strap for the smaller cameras with smaller connections. So here it is:
These are now available in my Etsy store. They have split rings to connect to the smaller camera systems and come in black and brown. They are adjustable and have a soft leather shoulder pad.
I have finally finished my Ipad case design. I have been carrying mine for a couple of months now and love it! I made these roomy enough to carry a charger and other misc items in the front pocket. These are also available in my Etsy Store by clicking on the link in the right column.
Kilmalkadar Church, built in the 1100′s
Minnard Castle, Dingle Peninsula
I am able to offer the Red Cherry leather for custom orders again. It is a beautiful semi gloss, slightly distressed leather. I do have a couple of designs In Stock and ready to ship, you can find these in my Etsy store by clicking on the link in the right hand column.
New Designs and New Fabrics! I have several bags available for immediate shipping. You can find them in the “In Stock” tab at my Etsy store. Just click on the link to the right to go to the Porteen Gear store.
OR Design Your Own by starting at the top of the page under “Design Your Own Bag”.
Stay tuned to porteengear.com for the New Convertible Camera Bag system that will be launching this Spring!
After many requests, the NEW Leather Wrist Straps are here! With the same functional design as my regular wrist straps, these are suede backed, leather topped, with decorative rivets on each end.
My wrist straps are designed to fit loose and comfortable around your wrist, but if you drop your camera, the strap will pull tight around your wrist to save your gear from falling.
Please note: these straps are designed to fit dslr cameras that have a 3/8″ to 1/2″ strap holder. They will not work with a smaller point and shoot. I have small split rings if you would like to use these on a smaller camera. You can find them in the Camera Straps section of my Etsy Store. Visit the store by clicking on the link in the right hand column.